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GE opens battery plant, expansion planned

Facility will employ 450 workers through $170M production investment

General Electric Company Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt speaks to business and community leaders, politicians and company employees during the grand opening of its new battery facility on Tuesday, July 10.

General Electric Company Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt speaks to business and community leaders, politicians and company employees during the grand opening of its new battery facility on Tuesday, July 10. Photo by John Purcell.

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GE's representatives gave a tour of its new battery plant, which had informational displays outlining the Durathon Battery construction from beginning to end.

— Additional elements are added to the tube before an individual cell is assembled and filled, allowing for current to be collected. Many cells are then assembled into a battery case and management system, which forms the final product after cells are laser wielded together.

Immelt said have GRC positioned in Schenectady County is a benefit for continued investment in the region.

“We can basically build things today almost anywhere, so in some ways having the proximity close to the GRC makes the Capital Region maybe more competitive today than it’s been in the past,” he said.

Immelt said the company “loves” the GRC being located in the county and it’s good to manufacture products around where they’re invented.

“The state has been supportive, the workforce has been supportive, there is no reason why we can’t do more things here,” he said. “As long as we can compete and innovate, there is no reason why GE can’t do more things here.”

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